Joining the Italian Roots Project? Benvenuti!

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The Italian Roots Project supports research and collaboration on profiles of Italian Heritage or Origin. If you are of Italian heritage or are researching Italian lines, we invite you to join us!

Answer this question below and we'll get you a badge.    Please also follow our G2G tag and tell us a bit about your genealogical interests. Each time we share we leave a trail by which others who share our interest may find us.

 

 

 

 

asked in The Tree House by Michael Maranda G2G6 Mach 6 (62.5k points)
From Abruzzo: Mucci, DiGiovanni, Di Giampaolo, Orlando, Giammarico, Chiavaroli

Probably from Naples: DeGiorgio, Cignale, Cantelmo
I have been doing research on my Calabrian ancestors on my father's side and my Marchegiani ancestors on my mother's side.  I have recently added them all to wikitree so I think it's time for me to become a member of italian_roots.  I have also started a tree for the great compost Gioacchino Rossini.
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I'd love to try! My fathers family is 100% Italian... These are my grandparents surnames Salvatore, Del Carlino (Delcarlino), Diodati (spelled a dozen ways), Guida. I have a little information about where they may have come from in Italy but not much!
Welcome Louise!
I have Italian ancestors from different parts of Italy, but the one thing they all have in common is that they're hard to track!
Most of my Italian side are from Calabria, Italy.  My grandmother is Concetta Ruccella who was born in Sant Onofrio, married my grandfather Domenico Loprieato and came to the US.  I am trying to hunt down my grandma Ruccella's parents.  She has a brother Francesco Ruccella who never left Italy.  I am also looking for Lopreiato's from Italy, I think, mostly from Calabria. Many of my ancestors have immigrated all over the world.

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Hi all!

I would like very much to join the Italian Roots Project! My family originates from Giovinazzo, Bari, but my direct branch of the family is from Rende, Cosenza. I have put in about 6 years of research (on and off) and have managed to make quite a dent in our family tree. I am actively helping 3 other COsenza desendents search for records and load up on their trees. I am glad to help ANYONE who is searching for their roots in Cosenza!

I would love to hear from others who have been able to break thru their Italian "brickwalls" in their trees and would also like to know how far back you have been able to go- It seems once you get into the late 1600s early 1700s you get shut down...Anyone have any luck? Will you share any great sources for Cosenza info ??? (Obviously not the well known sources so looking for some secrets!)

Ciao!
answered by Michele Misurelli G2G Crew (830 points)
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I am looking forward to learning, sharing and helping other members in this project!  I am researching the maternal side of my family, which is Italian.  My maternal grandfather was Nicola (AKA Nicholas) Rossi.  He was born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy in 1896 and immigrated to the US in 1912.  My maternal grandmother was Elvira Bevilacqua.  She was born in Italy in 1893 and immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 1912.  The Passenger List notes her mother as Sofia DiCecco.
answered by Mary-Ellen Snow G2G3 (3.4k points)
Ciao! Welcome to the group. Michael will be around shortly to give you your badge! =D
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My father's family all come from Campania, Italy. To name the more recent surnames & towns - LONGOBARDI & LANZIERO from Scafati; STRIANO & BUONAFINE from San Marzano sul Sarno;  DIFILIPPO & BOVE from San Salvatore Telesino; LUBRANO LAVADERA from Procida ; DILUSTRO from Forio;  plus many more surnames and towns 

answered by Rori Long G2G Crew (520 points)
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I Have a stupid question. My Italian immigrants came from Cefalu, Sicily to New Orleans, so should I search for a Sicilian Roots project, or join this one?  My immigrant Salvatore Prestisimone got naturalized as Salvador Presti Simone, so Simone became the name in Louisiana (they took Presti to be a middle name).
answered by Donald Broussard G2G3 (3.8k points)
Not a stupid question at all,  very welcome here in Italian Roots.   There are several here with a Sicilian background.
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After family DNA tests, mysterious results and ensuing discussions, I learned my father is part Italian. I only know his last name: Martini. I'd be grateful to discover my Italian ancestry and history.
answered by Shanna Leeland G2G6 (6.2k points)
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Hello 

 

I would like to join the ITALIAN_ROOTS project. My great grandpa is (Gaetano) Thomas (Tom) Lewis born June 20, 1905 from Cobalt, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA. His father is Giuseppe “Joseph” born December 17, 1872 from Nicolosi, Catania, Sicilia, Italy. I have been working on my Distefano surname and have info that I can contribut to the surname from these regions.

Thank you

Andrew

answered by Andrew Simpier G2G6 Mach 1 (13.4k points)
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Ciao, famiglia! I'd love to exchange what help I have to offer for any information I can find about my Italian roots. I am working on my ancestors, the Arduino family from Genoa and thereabouts, and the Anastasio family from Messina. I've been to Naples and Sardinia in my travels, and found the Italians to be just as warm and welcoming as anyone I've ever met. It amazes me to see how many Italian names hold prominent places in the arts, architecture, engineering, mathematics, and all fields of science, including some who share my ancestry.

Jesse Sierke

Trussville, Alabama, United States
answered by Jesse Sierke G2G Crew (830 points)
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Hi, I'm Anna from Brazil, and I'm Italian descendant.

My ancestors are of the following families:

Busolin(Padova), Francescon(Padova), Casellato(Rovigo), Peron(Padova), Marzolla(Rovigo), Crepaldi(Rovigo), Cazziolato(Treviso), Tessarotto(Treviso), Mantovan(Padova), Paio(Venezia), Berto(Venezia), Camisotti(Rovigo), Paluello (Padova), Venturin(Padova), Basso(Padova), Turcato(Padova), Belliero(Rovigo), Marangoni(Rovigo), Pregnolato (Rovigo), Marescalchi(Treviso), Pegorer(Treviso), Deotto(Udine), Bivi(Venezia), Tadiolo(Padova), Guadagnin(Padova), Cian (Padova), Baretori(Padova), Travagin(Padova), Mazzeto(Padova).

and I hope to collaborate a lot with the projectsmiley

answered by Anna Buzolin G2G Crew (700 points)
Ciao! Michael will be around shortly to add you to the project! Welcome!
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I want to join.  I am researching the ancestors of Michael Grasso, Sr. and Josephine Barrone who lived in New Jersey.  Josephine Barrone, from the areas around Naples, Italy, immigrated to the US to marry Michael Grasso, Sr.  Mike's father Francisco Grasso, who also  immigrated from Italy, also lived in New Jersey.  I have reached a road block in researching Francisco and his family.
answered by Jo Grasso G2G6 (6.5k points)
Welcome! Our fearless leader will be around to add you to the group soon!
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I'm very new to WikiTree, so I'm not sure how helpful I'll be on the project, but I am actively researching my ancestors who came from the Torino, Piedmont, Italy region.

Names: REVELLI, COLETTI-MOJA, COLETTI-MOGLIA, REMONDINO, FORNELLI, ROLLE, CASTAGNERO, BERTINO, CASTAGNO, FORNELLO, BANCHE, and BANCHE-TURINETTO (working list).

I can read Italian and French, and I'm familiar with the Napoleonic calendar and records used during Napoleon's occupation of northern Italy.
answered by Angela Perry G2G Rookie (290 points)
Hi, Angela! Welcome to the Italian Roots Project! Michael will be around to add you to the project soon.
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I would love to join this project! My Dad’s mother’s family was from Italy. The surname is Businelle, of course this is the spelling used once they were in America. I’ve been having a diffucult time finding information on them though. Hopefully becoming a part of this project can open up some new doors for my research!
answered by Kaylee Robinson G2G6 Mach 1 (18.5k points)
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My Wife comes from  Italy, her Mother's from Rome, name Savi, Father Sicily name Tedeschi and Gennaro.
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My Wife is from italy, mother Rome, surname Savi, father Sicily, surname Tedeschi.
answered by Philip McFadyen G2G Crew (440 points)
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My Italian roots, as far back as I have, is my 11th great grandfather,  Bartholomew Taliaferro born in Veneto Italy and died in London England on September 22 1601.
answered by Marsha Baker G2G1 (2k points)
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Thank you Michael Maranda!
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I am Italian on my mother’s side. My family is from Calabria, more specifically Fagnano Castello, Cosenza, Calabria. The family names are: Avolio, Cianni, Porcella, and Tarsitano. I have quite a bit of information on the Cianni’s and Tarsitano’s, but hitting dead ends with the Avolio’s and Porcella’s. I haven’t had time to upload my info on these families yet. I would love to be included in this group!
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Happy to add you - can you pop me a note or provide your wiki ID?
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Yes Giglio and Cianciulli are family names i have traced back a few generations.
answered by Nicholas Loweth G2G2 (3k points)
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Grandfather Vito Sparacio from Piana dei Greci (now Piana degli Alanesi) in Palermo Province. Grandmother Carmela Lucido from Alessandria della Rocca in Agrigento Province. Names of interest: Sparacio, Lucido, Sciortino, Falzone, Bondi, Pecararo, Laporta, Scamardo, Catalano, Sansone, DiGiovanna. Thanks.
answered by David Cordell G2G Crew (500 points)
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I'd like to join the project. I'm mainly searching the province of Cosenza where most of the Sdao originated. My paternal grandfather was from the town of Mangone. One of my personal projects is to catalog the Sdao name and track our migration especially to North America.

I also have ancestors from Naples including my paternal grandmother who was a Vitale but I haven't researched as extensively there.
answered by Renata Sdao G2G Rookie (230 points)
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My family is from Larino, Molise.

Names: Caruso, D'Alessandro, Amoroso, Giancola / Giangola, Giustiniani, D'Amico, Trivisonno / Trivisonne, Federico and related with many others.

Some of my D'Alessandro migrated to Canada, most others still live in Italy.
answered ago by Isabelle Caruso G2G Crew (850 points)
Hi, Isabelle! Someone will be around to give you your badge. =D
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Hi! My father's paternal family is from Naples, and lived in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn NY.  Last name is Ajello, but I've also seen the spelling "Aiello".  I'd love to be included in this project!

Thanks!
answered ago by Mark Edrys G2G1 (1.6k points)
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